People: Jun. 15, 1970

Winding up his visit to Russia, Astronaut Neil Armstrong delighted Soviet Premier Alexei Kosygin with gifts from America—a small Russian flag that was carried on Apollo 11 and some chips of moon rock mounted in Lucite. Later, touring the Kremlin Armory museum with Cosmonaut Georgy Beregovoy, he joked that there had been no fair exchange. Beregovoy indicated the museum's display of czarist crown jewels. "Pick one," he said. Armstrong pointed. "Fine," said the Russian. "That will cost you $300 million." Replied Armstrong: "I think I'll wait until they sell it at half price."...

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